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50 Years of the Legend - Porsche 914 – the First Mid-Engine Coupe from Germany

Most of Porsche lovers are passionate about their favorite model – 911, however, there was a model came out of Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen plant in late 1969 would be absolutely beloved, the car had the flat-4 engine mounted in front of the rear axle. The mid-engine layout meant it could achieve higher cornering G-forces than the 911. Porsche’s first mass-produced mid-engine sports car turns 50 years old this year, that car is my favourite classic car - the Porsche 914.

Introduced on September 11, 1969 in Frankfurt, the 914 could be seen both on the VW-Porsche exhibition stand and on the Karmann stand. As agreed, the 914 will be sold in Europe as a VW-Porsche and in the USA as a Porsche. Porsches 914 offered a driving experience unlike almost any other sports car, including the legendary 911. Since the four-cylinder model weighs only 900 kg and the six-cylinder model has only 940 kg, the 914 all models have an extraordinary power-to-weight ratio. the 914 earned itself a reputation for being a better-handling car than 911 due to its mid-engine layout.

The 914/4 was equipped with the 1.7L 4-cylinder 411E engine with Bosch electronic fuel injection, it delivered 80 horsepower at 4,900 rpm, which allows it to accelerate from standstill to 100 km/h in 13 seconds, with a top speed of 177 km/h. the six-cylinder engine from Porsche comes from the 911 T, and its camshaft, three-cylinder carburetor and high-performance capacitive ignition make its sporting performance peak. The 2.0-litre horizontally-opposed engine delivers 110 horsepower at 5,800 rpm, both models were fully produced at the Karmann plant in Osnabrück. The 914/6 had its body made at Karmann and then shipped to Stuttgart for the marriage with the 1969 model year 911 T 6-cylinder 2-litre carburetor engine (911s already got 2.2-litre engines for model year 1970). Despite the Porsche body and the Porsche engine, the European 914/6 was called the VW-Porsche according to the agreement. The wheels, hubs and brakes for the 914/4 came from the VW 411 family car and for the 914/6 from the 911. The production of the 914/4 started in 1969 (as model year 1970) and the production of the 914/6 in 1970.

My favourite model is 914-6 GT, which was introduced in 1970 Le Mans 24 Hours Race, it was forever remembered for Porsche’s first outright win. The less widely recognized new Porsche GT car, 914-6 GT was released, it equipped with 2.0 flat-6 engine, finished the race in 6th place overall – winning the 2.0-litre GT class in the process – having started from 45th place on the grid. In 1974, as per Porsche joined Canadian-American Challenge Cup, a limited-edition model was available either in black with yellow trim or in white with red trim. In the prototype stage it was called the "Can-Am"-edition (and was seen with various Can-Am side stickers). In USA it

was sold with the PORSCHE-side lettering, whereas that was not possible in Europe, in Japan the Limited Edition was called the SL, 'Sports Limited'.

Date Posted: August 10, 2019